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From 18 to 27 October 2019, a new edition of the Open Design Afrika will be held in Cape Town (South Africa), a UNESCO Creative City of Design. This festival focuses on innovation, education and community as the building blocks of a sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous society. At ODA Festival we are invited to experience why creativity is the unifying thread that links the building blocks and solutions that can greatly contribute to the wellbeing and skills development of the Afrikan people and the design of thriving circular economies.
Until 30 November 2019, the Call for Entries for the 2019 Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) is open. For its 4th edition, SDAY invites design professionals or students aged 35 or younger of the 180 UNESCO Creative Cities to submit their work on the theme of Inclusive Design.
Istanbul was selected as the Host City of the XV UNESCO Creative Cities Network’s Annual Conference in 2021 following an online vote by the 180 members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) present in 72 countries.
Organized by Saint-Étienne, a UNESCO Creative City of Design in France, from 21 March to 22 April 2019, the 11th International Design Biennial featured China as the red thread of this edition. Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing and Wuhan, the four UNESCO Creative Cities of Design from China, were the guests of honour of the event. 115 delegates from 14 Chinese cities participated in the Biennale, and highlighted the common grounds between China and the international design stage.
Bilbao, a UNESCO Creative City of Design in Spain, is home to BIAAF, a leader platform for emerging international fashion talents. In partnership with some 700 international schools, its biennial contest has reached over 6,000 designers in 90 countries. BIAAF is part of the United Nations SDGs support and development platform. 
On 25 and 26 February, Cape Town, UNESCO Creative City of Design in South Africa, held the #cocreateDESIGN Festival, a public design festival inspired by the power of design to co-create a more resilient future for all. The theme, “Inspiring Resilience”, focused on resilient communities and citizen-led solutions for creating thriving cities.
The International Design Biennial of Saint-Etienne will be celebrating its 11th edition from 21 March to 22 April 2019. Around the theme ME/YOU/NOUS: Designing common ground, the event will represent an opportunity to reflect upon the following question: How can design facilitate exchanges in proposing new connections, new spaces and services and even rethink objects?
Since 2014, the Human Cities network has been working on "Challenging the City Scale" a pan-European project led by Cité du design Saint-Étienne and supported by the Creative Europe programme to question the urban scale and investigate co-creation in cities. The Human Cities partners have carried out urban experimentations in 11 European cities empowering citizens to rethink the spaces in which they live, work and spend their leisure time. "Challenging the City Scale" is the story of their experience and cooperation.
Until 20 March 2019, the second Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA) is calling for entries and through 5 design categories: Industrial & Product, Communication, Architecture, Interior, Fashion.
Do you know what Kaunas and San Francisco have in common? Trolleybuses! Street art, too. The electric public transport has been circling around the city of Kaunas for more than 60 years now. Recently Kaunas Municipality signed a deal with a Polish company that will deliver, in collaboration with street artists, 85 brand new looks to trolleybuses by the autumn 2019.